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Gelato addiction… Today we leave Carrara and the Alpi Apuane and continue northeast, taking a leisurely drive through Emilia-Romagna into the Veneto.  Verona’s two thousand year old amphitheater d…

That’s not snow on those mountains! Playtime’s over (kind of) as we drive north to the marble capital of the world, the quarries of Carrara. Admiring the view of the Apuan “marble mountain” from…

All work and no play... Just as I recovered from my last Sicilian adventure, I find myself on what will be my tenth visit, aboard another grueling twelve hour flight to Italy. (I know, poor baby, r…

August 11, 2014

Got Craftsmanship?

Our competitors love to throw stones. (No pun intended.) “Those Mario & Son guys have to use machines because they aren’t craftsmen.”   Small shops often use that statement to hide their non-inve…

We have great employees, but it never fails, someone always calls in "sick" when you need them the most. I say sick in quotations because it seems to be synonymous with "hung over,"  and always either…